Campana Powers Drive to Doubleheader Split

Nightcap ends with walkoff homer

(Gwinn Davis)

By Cameron White / Greenville Drive | May 30, 2018 10:29 PM

Greenville, SC - Wednesday's doubleheader at Fluor Field ended with a bang, as Marino Campana concluded his big day at the plate with a walkoff homer to center to give the Greenville Drive a 5-4 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets.

With the game in the bottom of the seventh, the Drive (13-37) were one out away from having to play their first extra inning game at home this season. Campana changed that with one swing, as he smacked an Olbis Parra (1-1) offering 417 feet to center field to set off a massive celebration at home plate.

The long ball was the story of the nightcap. Victor Acosta's two-run homer in the bottom of the first staked the Drive to a 2-0 lead following a walk by Campana.

The GreenJackets (32-17) cut the Drive lead to 2-1 in the second, and they went ahead 4-2 when John Riley hit a three run blast in the top of the fourth.

Zach Sterry answered Riley's homer by leading off the bottom half with a solo homer to right that traveled 408 feet, cutting the Augusta lead to 4-3. 

The Drive tied the game up at four in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Isaias Lucena.

Devon Fisher (1-3) threw a pair of scoreless relief innings to pick up the win for the Drive.

The opening game at Fluor Field, a completion of the suspended game between the two teams on May 20th, saw the GreenJackets score five times in the top of the ninth to secure a 9-6 win.

Heliot Ramos belted a two-run homer off Lukas Young (0-1) to tie the game at six, and Ryan Kirby's two-run single gave the GreenJackets the lead. 

The game was picked up in the bottom of the second with a 1-1 score, and the Drive scored five runs over the next four innings to go up 6-1.

Jagger Rusconi doubled in the second and came home on a groundout by Kervin Suarez, and Lorenzo Cedrola followed with a single to make the score 3-1. Cedrola's sacrifice fly in the fourth added another

Campana provided the Drive's highlight in game one by crushing a 457-foot solo homer to the rooftop in left field leading off the fifth, and an Augusta error brought another run home.

The GreenJackets began their comeback with three runs in the sixth thanks to an RBI groundout by Orlando Garcia and a two-run homer by Rob Calabrese.

John Russell (5-1) got the win for Augusta with three scoreless relief innings.

Campana notched three hits in the doubleheader, including the two home runs. 

The teams will wrap up their series on Thursday night at 7:05 PM at Fluor Field. Left-hander Jhonathan Diaz (1-4, 4.35) takes the hill for the Drive, and he will be opposed by GreenJackets right-hander Jason Bahr (5-2, 2.31).

~Greenville Drive~

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